Any time I pass "The Dairy" with its ornate steeple and colorful details I stop to take a photo. On this particular day the moon was faintly visible in the winter sky while the side of the structure was dappled with warm sunlight. In just a few months these trees will fill out and largely obscure many of the unique elements of the structure. I shot the photo in both horizontal and vertical orientation, choosing the latter to share here.
Upon further research of the Dairy, built in 1870, I came across some fascinating facts on the Central Park website.
"At that time, one of the critical needs of children was for fresh milk. Unfortunatly, a series of scandals and cholera outbreaks placed the dairy production of the city under a cloud of suspicion. To lift suspicion and fulfill the dairy needs of the people, the city provided place where families could find a ready supply of fresh milk when traveling to the park. Thus, the dairy was built.
The building itself, designed by Vaux and erected in 1870, is a whimsical combination of architectural styles that has been characterized as Victorian Gothic. Half of the Dairy consists of a roofed open gallery, or loggia, made of wood with geometric gingerbread borders. The other half is a granite structure with window treatments and gambrel roof that resembles nothing so much as a country church."